China Southern Airlines announced that it has taken delivery of its first Next Generation...
We are bullish on Boeing, said Mr. Yang Guanghua, Vice President, China Southern Airlines and head of the airline`s official delivery delegation to Seattle.
Mr. Yang added that, the 737-800 is a wonderful aircraft and we are confident that our passengers will enjoy and feel confident in flying on this brand-new airplane.
Boeing and China Southern Airlines have been working to bring people together for nearly 20 years, said Larry Dickenson, Senior Vice President, Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. China has a bright aviation future as it continues to develop its domestic network and the Boeing 737 family is the ideal airplane to provide that service.
The delivery of China Southern`s newest passenger aircraft is the first of 20 new Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft in deal that was inked on October 3, 2001.
The 20 new 737-800 aircraft will replace the same number of existing 737 series aircraft currently operated by China Southern Airlines and will significantly lower the average age of the airline`s fleet - already one of the youngest civil aviation fleets in China.
The Next-Generation Boeing 737-800`s range is approximately 3,300 nautical miles (5,926 km), an increase of up to 900 nautical miles over earlier 737 models. China Southern`s new 737-800 will offer 167 seats in a two-class configuration, eight First Class and 159 Economy Class seats.